The sacking of Kenny Dalglish will no doubt have been regretted by Liverpool’s loyal followers. But the lack of any real protests at his departure says it all. The idolatry of the Scot will continue at Anfield for what he has achieved in the past. Even in this stint he brought the club their first trophy in six years. However, the team’s dire league form and the lack of progression of players he acquired was just too serious to ignore.
So who will be Liverpool’s fourth manager in two years?
Andre Villas Boas
His disastrous time at Stamford Bridge has damaged his reputation just enough that he is now within Liverpool’s reach. He could be a good fit for the club and the fans’ responses have been largely positive. Rumour has it that Liverpool are keen to bring in an experienced director of football. The right man could be the guiding hand AVB (34) needs to re-establish himself as a top manager.
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An up-and-coming manager who has managed in the Premier League and has received a lot of praise for the how he tried to get Wigan playing this season. Tried is the operative word though. Wigan spent most of the season in the relegation zone and were rock bottom with nine games to go. Martinez (38) deserves credit for pulling them clear with an excellent end of season run but Liverpool fans will be nervous if he gets the job.
His time at Barcelona established him as one of the world’s top managers, although the lack of success in his final two years took a little of the sheen off. Short and unsuccessful spells with Galatasaray and the Saudi Arabian national team since leaving the Camp Nou haven’t done the Dutchman’s (49) reputation any favours. There are big doubts over his desire for the game and his ego may cause conflict with a footballing director.
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The Swansea manager (39) has already turned down talks with the Anfield bosses. Although the Swans impressed with their style of football in their first season in the Premier League, Rodgers lacks experience at the top level and would be a risky appointment. If deals as admirably with his second season in the top tier then we can talk.
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The former Reds boss (52) would bite the owners’ hands off to get his old job back. He’ll feel that the problems created by the previous American owners were to blame for his departure. A lack of confidence and an increasingly negative style of play didn’t help matters either. His track record at Liverpool and Valencia will interest the owners and he has a lot of support amongst the fans. Would it be a step backwards at a time when the talk is of moving forward?
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Frank de Boer (42) is going great guns at Ajax and is keen to continue his work there. If the right offer is made he could be persuaded but for now the Dutchman is going nowhere. Didier Deshcamps (43) is another who appears to have ruled himself out by declaring his desire to stay with Marseille. Chelsea have also been sniffing around and as a former Blues player, if he does leave France he’s more likely to head to Stamford Bridge. Martin O’Neill (60) has been linked with the job in the past but has yet to be approached. His age may be a key factor in that. Fabio Capello (65) has a sterling track record but may be more likely to be offered a director of football roll.